Many people in the “mainstream” press have been impressed by Michele Bachmann’s recent debate appearances and announcement strategy. Do you think she is a viable contender for the Republican presidential nomination?
Candice Bergen: The woman is unfortunately a force to be reckoned with. My friend Carol and my husband and I were talking about her last night. Wondering how it is humanly possible to have four or five kids of her own and then mother twenty-three more and still look like she got back from a spa. She presents herself better and better. Even deals with her gaffes adroitly. I am slightly afraid.
Liz Smith: Mrs. Bachmann is good-looking, has some excellent stuff in her resume, and has astounded everybody in sight. But I think the Obama administration would like nothing better than to have her run against their record. She is a gold-plated idiot, and what she is aspiring to for the Republican Party is downright crazy, dangerous and might even be called “unpatriotic,” should she get away with any of it.
Joan Ganz Cooney: Bachmann is certainly a viable presidential contender in the Republican parry because she embodies its fixed beliefs and she has been handling herself well (thanks in part to hiring a skilled, campaign manager, Ed Rollins.) Since, however, the Republicans aren’t crazy, they will probably nominate Romney for president (reluctantly) and he will select Bachmann as the v.p. candidate. Be afraid. Be very afraid.